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Brand: Olbas / Type: Decongestants / Vaporiser / Type: Decongestants

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      04.04.2013 08:12
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      Great item

      We had previously used the Karvol vaporiser when my children were babies but then when we couldn't find it when our eldest was poorly last winter we went to buy another and it wasn't available so we ended up buying the Olbas version instead.

      We bought this from our local Boots store as they are the closest chemist to use and it cost just under £5 if my memory serves me correctly! The vaporiser comes packaged in a cardboard box which is bright orange and green and very obvious that it is an Olbas product.

      The vaporiser is a small white plastic unit with wavy slots in the front of it where the vapour comes out of. The unit comes with 3 refills which is enough to get you started and make sure the product works for you before buying more.

      A major plus for us is that the unit is battery powered, my youngests bedroom only has one single plug socket in her room and as we still use a monitor for when we are downstairs and she is in bed we have no extra socket available, the batteries are included with the vaporiser.

      There is a small fan inside the unit which circulates the vapour, we find that if we put the unit on about half an hour before bedtime it has circulated fully around the room before bed. I tend to still use the drops for myself and my eldest daughter as she likes to keep her bedroom door open but use this for my youngest when she is bunged up and it really does help to give her a full night's sleep which of course is very important when you are ill. The room is fragrance with the vapour but it isn't overpowering which is great as my youngest daughters room is a box room and I worried it may be overpowering.

      Each refill is supposed to last 16 hours and I would say this is a fair estimation, this means that 3 refills are generally enough to see off a the major part of a cold and then I always make sure I have a pack of refills in the cupboard as you never know when a cold will occur.

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        20.04.2011 03:29
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        everyone should have some

        I LOVE the smell of Olbas. I'm aware that's probably very strange. I think it might have something to do with how comforting and effective I find it.

        Olbas uses a blend of eucalyptus, mint and other fragrant oils which work as a decongestant, but also work as a muscle relaxant in other products they produce, such as oils and rubs.

        The Olbas diffuser fills the room with vapours really quickly, although it normally takes a good while for you to notice them when you're all bunged up. The advantage for other, less infected people is, although it is strong and somewhat pungent, the smell isn't overpowering or offensive. I think it quite fresh and natural.

        I'm not totally sure how the product works, based on that similar products may be used to relieve muscle tension, I think the vapours help relax inflamed blood vessels and can relieve congestion. I find it to be really effective on catarrh as well as nasal congestion. I have hayfever allergies and olbas is effective on them too.

        The smell is not stimulating, in fact I find it rather relaxing and very useful for helping me drop off to sleep, sometimes I'll use it when I don't even have a cold!

        I really like how this product works without you having to ingest any medication, I'd rather not put more artificial chemicals in my body than I have too

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        17.04.2011 18:24
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        OK, but I can't say I'd rush to use it again

        Olbas Oil is something that I've grown up using - my whole family turn to it when they have stuffy noses, as a few drops of the pungent oil onto a hankie helps to clear the nasal passages all day long. But at night, when you don't want to put drops of it onto your pillow (lest you get it in your eyes, which as we all know is VERY painful, or rub it all over your face and hair and smell of it all day), there is the Olbas Vaporiser.

        It's a bit cheaper online (around £5) but I purchased mine in an independent pharmacy for £6.99. It uses replacable pads which last for 16 hours use, and the unit comes with three pads. You can buy a set of 5 pads for £3.50. I would have liked it if you could put your Olbas Oil onto a pad and replace it that way but this isn't an option. Unlike the plug based vaporisers the Olbas vaporiser is battery driven which is handy as you can use it anywhere (the instructions do state to use it on varnished surfaces only - probably because the smell would penetrate soft woods, tile etc). It's OK to use on melamine (which is what many bedside tables are made of). Tip: if you can't use it on any surface in your room, simply put it on a varnished placemat.

        So, the instructions recommend that you close all doors and windows for maximum effect and simply switch the unit on. The vapours circulate the room and ensure you get a good night's sleep with clearer airways. They don't get in your eyes and make them tear. One good point to note is that this is suitable for use from three months old, meaning you can relieve the stuffy cries of baby if he or she has a cold. It's always advisable to put it out of their reach though.

        Do I think it works? Well, I think it helped, but in terms of effectiveness I have to say that I find Olbas Oil proper (that is, the neat stuff in the small dropper bottle) far, far stronger and more effective. OK this is easier to use practically at night, but for me, I'd rather sprinkle a little on my pyjamas and end of smelling a bit of it, than the 40% strength you get with the vaporiser. Whilst I do think it helped a bit, I can't say I'll be bothering to buy the refills for myself, though I might try it on my baby daughter if she develops a snuffle this winter. So for me, it's not quite effective enough to rate highly, and I'll probably stick to regular Olbas Oil. If they did a 'max strength' pad insert, I'd buy it!

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        05.04.2011 12:02
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        great idea

        I've used Olbas Oil for years for myself and for my children when they had blocked noses and I used to put a little Olbas Oil in hot water in their rooms to help them breath easily, now that Olbas Oil have brought out a portable vapouriser this is even better to use than the hot water method.

        This wil cost you £6.12 and you get three refills free but then the refills after you have used the ones you get will cost you £3.56 but this is good value as it lasts for a quite a while as it's something you don't have to have on all the time. I use it at night in my bedroom to freshen it up and to help me breath easily and relax.
        It takes two AAA bateries which come with the pack so paying your initial price is worth it for the refills and the batteries that are included with it.

        The vapourisors ingredients are the same as the other Olbas Oil products and are a blend of essential oils: Eucalyptus, Dementholised Mint, Cajuput, Levomenthol and Juniper.
        Not only do these ingredients help you to breath more easily they help you to relax better and get a good nights sleep.
        The little fan in the vapouriser isn't too noisy either but you vcan hear it if you listen carefully but it's not loud so as to keep you awake at night.

        I love the Olbas Oil scent its got a unique scent of it's own due to the blending of the essential oils and I have used it over the years and trust it as a good valuable product for when the colds and flu come around. Having the vaproriser is great for children as it can be put out of harms reach as it doesn't have to be plugged in anywhere. It does look like an air freshener as it has the same design of some of the brands of air freshener but for me this doesn't matter as it does the job of clearing your nose when it's blocked perfectly.

        I like the way you can just turn it on and leave it in the room, before when I was using the Olbas Oil in hot water I had to keep refilling the bowl as the water would go cold and not release the vapours, with this I don't have to worry about topping it up. It just releases the Olbas Oil into the air with the fan to get it around the room.

        This is not suitable for babies and children under three years old but Olbas Oil do a baby oil if you need one.
        To use this you remove the front of the unit by holding it at the sides and pulling put the batteries in, tear the foil off the front, insert the refill into the slots inside the unit, replace the front of the unit and switch it on.
        each refil is good for 16 hours which is a long time as you don't have to have it on all the time.

        I'd be happy to recommend it to you.

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          01.04.2011 05:43
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          A very useful, portable device for soothing breathing, which my son used at night when ill.

          Through my own previous use, I have found Olbas, in it's various forms from sticks to oils to be very effective, but for some reason my kids are not so keen on putting the sticks up their noses when they are bunged up and congested. When my son had a bit of a head cold a few months ago, I bought one of the Olbas Vaporisers from my local chemists, with the idea being that he could become 'unblocked' as he slept.

          I paid £5 for the vaporising unit and 3 refills which came with it, which I think is a decent price, particularly given the results I got. I also noted that they sold the refills seperately for £3 for 5 of them, so I think that's great also, as you can reuse the main unit over and over again and just keep buying refills when needed.

          Before I inspected this product I assumed it was a plug-in vaporiser, (much like a plug-in fragrance!), but it's actually powered by batteries. To use it for the first time, you remove the front of the until (hold it at the sides and pull), then pop the batteries in and expose part of the first refill by tearing the foil pouch at a specific notch on the refill. After putting the refill in, you replace the front and switch it on. This turns on a little fan in the unit, which wafts the vapours out into the room you're in. This works best when the doors and windows are closed, so you get to breath in more of the eucalyptus and menthol aromas.

          The good thing about this being battery powered is that it's more portable than some devices, meaning you are not limited to where you can place it by where your power supplies are. I placed my device on my son's bedside table, and pointed it at him so the vapours would be wafted around his nose and mouth.

          I used this on my son every night for 4 days. Each refill is meant to last 16 hours, and I found that to be about right, as I used 2 refills during that time. The batteries are still going strong and the unit is proving to be sturdy and well put together. I can see it lasting many more bouts of illness, and I'm definitely going to purchase more of the refills when I need them next.

          In terms of results, I found that I could hear the improvement in my son's breathing when he was inhaling the vapours from this unit whilst asleep. I'd keep checking in on him and it was clear that his breathing, chest and nose in general were becoming clearer and that he was less congested. He said he slept much better with the vaporiser on than without it, and that's a good enough recommendation for me!

          For the price I paid I'm very happy with the product and can highly recommend it. 5/5

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          22.03.2011 22:00
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          Value for money and with refills available Olbas get 5/5 stars for this one!

          The chances are that you have all heard (and probably used) an Olbas Decongestant Stick. The Olbas Vaporiser is another method for a congested chest and there are pro's and con's of this product over the decongestant stick I have used for many years. The Vaporiser Unit costs around £5 and is available from the larger chemists and is available online. The unit comes complete with 3 refills and these can be also bought seperately for around £3 for 5 refills. This is handy as it means I don't have to keep buying a new unit when the supplied refills run out, and I always check the refill prices for these sorts of products before I purchase the unit.

          The first positive about this product is that it is battery powered. If it had been a plug-in unit then it wouldn't have been fully portable, and I can set it into action anywhere that is useful to me. When I need it I often put it by my bedside on the table, as I tend to make best use of it during the evening when i'm not moving about so much. The Olbas Vaporiser soon clears my breathing and allows me to get a better nights sleep due to it. As the unit is fully portable, you can make sure it is put to best use by positioning it where it will be of most benefit to you. The batteries don't need changing very often at all, and the fan is very effective at ensuring the air you breath is cool and soothing. These soothing vapours clear your airways in a way which the Olbas stick has very limited effect. When you first used an Olbas stick you will have been impressed with its effectiveness - not once you have tried the Olbas Vaporiser!

          The unit looks similar to an airfreshener, and the fan isn't deafeningly loud either, so you can watch tv or read a book in bed without it disturbing you. The two batteries required by the unit are supplied in the packaging, and as each refill will last for upto 16 hours you will have more than enough with 3 refills, which will last you through many colds! The Olbas formula contains a blend of essential oils, eucalyptus, cajuput, levomenthol, juniper and dementholised mint to name but a few.

          The build of the unit is that of a sturdy product. It will certainly see out the lifetime of the 3 refills, and you my find you will have all the family using it to clear their airways. I am very happy with the effectiveness of the cool and soothing vapours from my Olbas Vaporiser that whenever I see people with either the Olbas or Vicks stick I recommend they try the Olbas Vaporiser as well.

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            21.03.2011 08:10
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            I am familiar with the Olbas brand and have been using their Nose Inhalers and Lozenges for years, but it was only the other year that I spotted this in my local brand of Body Care. Thought it was worth a try, as I hate when I feel bad because of the Cold.

            This comes in a little box and looks like the Dooyoo picture. You can see the plastic unit as the bottom part of the box is cut away. The colouring of the box which are orange and green is the colouring of the Olbas brand.

            The vaporiser is a little white plastic thing which has a few wavy lines on the front to let the scent out. There is a fan inside the unit and this wafts the vapours out. It is battery operated, so at least you can move this to wherever you want it to go.

            So all you do is flick the switch and wait for the vapours to spread out. There is a few different Oils in here but the Eucalyptus scent is easy enough to smell. It is quite strong, but not too much, and although you can sit right next to this, even having this in a room then you find that the scent spreads around the room in just a few minutes.

            It states on the pack that a Refill lasts around 16 hours. I would say this is pretty accurate, and the scent just gets weaker when this is finishing.

            This cost me £4.99 from Body care. Not too bad a price in a way, as obviously you got the unit but you also got 2 AAA Batteries (I know they aren't all that expensive though) and 3 Vapour refills. I've seen in places where 4 Refills are around £3.

            So did I find that this works? yes. It's surprising how much of this probably gets dispersed into the Air and with the constant sniffing of this then it really helps unblock your nose and deal with the sniffles.

            A recommended product by myself.

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            05.11.2010 17:24
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            Helps You feel better!

            It was Indian summer outside... I was waiting for it but my little girl and myself got sick so were sitting at home and enjoying sunshine through the window. Well, I was more or less all right but was worried about my daughter as she is so small and I can't give her paracetamol, garlic or lemon with honey as I use them now myself. But remembered that my Health Visitor once advised me to buy a vaporiser for a baby if she is gonna have cold. So visited my local chemist and bought Olbas Vaporiser.

            OLBAS

            Olbas is a company offering "The Power to Breathe for the Whole Family". They use a special mixture of pure plant oils, including clove oil, eucalyptus, juniper berry and cajaput. The combination of these Mother Nature's ingredients helps to release soothing and relieving vapours.
            There is a whole range of Olbas products to help all kinds of noses on all occasions:
            - NEW Olbas Menthol Lozenges,
            - Olbas Vaporiser,
            - Olbas Tissues,
            - Olbas Bath,
            - Olbas Oil,
            - Olbas for Children,
            - Olbas Inhaler,
            - Olbas Pastilles.

            Olbas Pastilles are suitable for children 7 years and older; Olbas Oil and Vaporiser are suitable for use with children 3 months and older; all other products - for children 3 years and older.

            OLBAS VAPORISER

            Olbas Vaporiser is a white, plastic unit with a small fan which fills air with natural, soothing vapours. It is perfect for clear and easy breathing around the home as it is battery operated. If You want maximum effect, keep windows and doors closed. Always keep out of reach of small children.

            Contains a blend of essential oils: Eucalyptus; Dementholised Mint; Cajaput, Levomenthol and Juniper.

            PACKAGING

            Olbas Vaporiser comes in a quadrangular cardboard box with a small plastic foil window at the front through which You can see a Vaporiser unit. The top half of the box is orange with product name written in white. The other part of the box is coloured light and dark green and contains all information about a product and instructions how to use it.

            The box includes:
            - Vaporiser Unit,
            - 2 AAA batteries,
            - 3 refills.

            HOW TO USE

            As I bought a Vaporiser for the first time, I had no clue no clue how to make it work but all instructions were clearly stated on the box, so I simply had to follow them:

            1. Remove the front of the unit,
            2. Insert supplied batteries,
            3. Tear the foil pouch to expose the refill,
            4. Insert the refill into the slots inside the unit. Make sure that the refill is placed with the grid facing down.
            5. Replace the front of the unit ensuring it clips into place.
            6. Switch the unit on (a button at the back of the unit).
            It took me just a few minutes to prepare Olbas Vaporiser for use.

            DOES IT WORK?

            After the Vaporiser was ready, I left it in our bedroom but didn't turn it on. I could feel the smell of oils but only being close to the Vaporiser. After about an hour I put our little girl for a nap and turned it on. I was desperately wondering if it was gonna work??!! During the day my girl and myself felt better. The worst part going to sleep as then it was most difficult to breath, our noses were stuck. So, as the Vaporiser was turned on I could immediately smell the vapours spreading in the room. It was a mixture of eucalyptus and menthol and was quite strong. So I was glad that I didn't close the door to the room though instructions advised to keep the door and windows closed for best results. I staid with my girl for a while and really felt the difference: my nose was clearing and it became so easy to breath, my daughter also started breathing silently and steadily. She slept for longer than an hour and it was obvious that Olbas Vaporiser was working.

            Later that night when we all were going to sleep I again turned the Vaporiser on and left it working all night. Sometimes the smell seemed too strong, I wanted to turn it off but didn't as it was so easy to breath. My baby slept through all night without waking up though her nose was runny and stuck all day. It was easy to breath for me. So I may call Olbas Varporiser a miracle as it was so effective!

            Next day I was surprised that my girl was feeling OK - her nose wasn't stuck or runny any more. So the Vaporiser with those natural oils not only helped her to sleep better but also curried her. Well, my nose was still runny...

            I turned the Vaporiser on again next day again but I could barely smell vapours. So - one refill lasted one evening and night. Just as it was stated on the packaging that each refill lasts for up to 16 hours. We used the second refill too but didn't need the third one that was included. But while being more seriously sick I think You would need 3-5 refills. Also it depends if You used it all day long or only during the night.

            ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

            Olbas Vaporiser must be used only with Olbas Vaporiser refills which can be purchased separately. But I decided to buy Olbas Oil and will try to use it with the refills. It would be cheaper but as effective as with new Olbas refills I think. Another my idea is to use this Vaporiser everyday - to drip a few drops of some great smelling oils on the refill. Rooms would smell nice and there will be no need to buy different units for different occasions.

            PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

            I bought Olbas Vaporiser from my local chemist for £5.99 and refills were available too: a box of 4 refills - £3.29. It is not that cheap I thought when I bought the unit but as it worked, I think I would pay even more. Olbas products are available from main chemists and online retailers and prices are similar to what I paid. But Olbas website redirected me to this online retailer: http://www.yourhealthfoodstore.co.uk. I was shocked because of the difference in prices as Olbas Vaporiser was available for £3.49 and a box of refills for £1.49. They offer free delivery on all orders over £9.95. Real bargain!!!

            OVERALL

            I think Olbas Vaporiser is a extremely wonderful and useful product for everyone. Especially now when it is so easy to get a cold. Without any doubts I recommend You this product and give it 5 stars out of 5!
            This Vaporiser really helped us I think that every mom should have it as it may be used for babies from 3 months old. It is so difficult to see Your baby unwell but this Vaporiser with natural oils works!

            More information about Olbas products You may find from their website: www.olbas.co.uk and if You want to get in contact with them - use this email: olbas@laneshealth.com

            Thanks for taking time to read my review! Hope You'll find it useful!

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            Lounge or kitchen / Study or bedroom / Blocked noses dont care which room you're in / But this nifty new portable vaporiser lets you take Olbas round the house with you / And because its battery powered, you can keep it out of harm's way / Leaving the whole family free to enjoy Olbas relief safely.